Perusing YouTube videos, especially ones of video game soundtracks, you'll always see comments like, "I miss this game so much it makes me cry," or "wow, listening to this song brings me back."  It always makes me wonder, if you miss the game so much, then why don’t you just play it again?

I know it’s a simple thing, but if you miss something like a video game, it’s widely available to you to purchase.  Amazon, ebay, video game shops, swap meets, pawn shops… but you say you miss it.  It didn’t reject you or say goodbye forever. See, there’s no reason to miss something when it’s available to you.  It’s a game.  You can go back to it.  Play it again.  Why aren’t you?

Back when you were playing Super Mario World, you couldn’t believe how colorful Mario’s world could be.  Or maybe that time your best friend showed you Final Fantasy 7 for the first time and you couldn’t believe that it had CGI cut scenes.  Or the times you played with your best friends after school countless games of N64 Goldeneye split screen multiplayer.  

Man, don’t you just wish you could go back to those days? 

Maybe some of you grew up with the Gamecube or PS2, and don’t understand why some people didn’t like Super Mario Sunshine as much as you did, or your first Zelda game was the Wind Waker and you don’t get why people like Ocarina of Time so much because Wind Waker to you is the best Zelda game ever. 

In my opinion, sometimes we let nostalgia get in the way of what we think is good or bad in gaming.  How many of us really think Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to this day is still the best game ever made?  A lot of us do, but do we think that because we were there when at one time it was considered the best game ever made or do we think that because we honestly have played a lot of games on different consoles and know that Link and his famous adventure trumps them all? 

Or maybe, just maybe, we have some sort of biased love for the game because it has a special place in our hearts. 

You miss the game, so you go back and replay Goldeneye 007 on N64, and realize, wow, a lot has changed since then… you play it for a little bit, get your fix, and go back to playing with your buddies online multiplayer in Call of Duty: Black Ops .  You kind of look at yourself and realize, a lot has changed, but some things never change. 

It’s not the games you miss.  It’s something else entirely.   

-- I Miss This Game (video script)
by Anthony J. Gomez